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Regulatory Cooperation under CETA

Regulatory Cooperation under CETA

Implications for Environmental Policies

On 30 October 2016 Canada and the EU signed CETA. Ratification of the agreement will be the next step. A new study by the Ecologic Institute analyses the environmental implications of regulatory cooperation under CETA. The study finds that CETA establishes a comprehensive institutional framework for regulatory cooperation between Canada and the EU and sets primarily procedural obligations. CETA does not contain detailed obligations that predetermine specific outcomes of regulatory cooperation. Regulatory cooperation under CETA is voluntary. Regulatory cooperation under CETA has a focus on trade liberalisation and consistency of standards. It does not focus on enhancing environmental protection. The study is available for download.


Meyer-Ohlendorf, Nils; Christiane Gerstetter and Inga Bach 2016: Regulatory Cooperation under CETA: Implications for Environmental Policies. Ecologic Institute: Berlin.

Inga Bach
32 pp.
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Table of Contents

1. Summary
2. Introduction
3. Chapter: Regulatory Cooperation
3.1. Scope
3.2. Principles and objectives
3.3. Regulatory cooperation activities
3.4. Compatibility of regulatory measures
3.5. Regulatory Cooperation Forum
3.6. Further cooperation between the Parties
3.7. Consultations with private entities
4. Chapters 22 and 24: Sustainable Development and Environment
5. Chapter 26: Institutional Arrangements
5.1 CETA Joint Committee
5. 2 Specialised Committees
5. 3 Decision Making
6. Technical Barriers to Trade and Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (Chapters 4 and 5)
7. References